Educate congregations to be neutral, circumspect - Christian Coucil urges leaders
As the Supreme Court girds its loins to deliver its verdict on the 2012 presidential election petition, the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) is urging Christian leaders to use their pulpits and platforms to educate their congregations to be neutral and circumspect in their civic duties.
“We must remain focused as a people and know that Ghana is supreme, and not for a political party, a church, an organisation or a group for that matter. It is, therefore, critical that we ensure no parochial interest of any group or individual. Rather, we must focus on making Ghana great and strong”, a statement signed by the General Secretary of the council, Rev Dr Opuni Frimpong, said.
The statement also called on church members, as well as the general public, to comport themselves and abide by the laws of Ghana, and, in all consciousness and morality, as it is known to be a feature of Ghanaians, to maintain the peace and foster national cohesion and development.
“We should remember that together as a people, we would conquer any violence, nepotism, corruption and any kind of fanatism,” it said.
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In that regard, the statement asked that within local communities, “we must work together with our Muslim brethren, traditional leaders and opinion leaders, to foster peace and national cohesion and also preach the gospel of patriotism”.
The statement reminded Christians that peace was a moral attribute and nature of God which his followers shared.
“For this reason, we have been called to live in peace, which is very critical for our current situation as Ghanaians,” he said.
It congratulated all Ghanaians on the peace the country was enjoying before and after the elections.
To consolidate the country’s peace, the statement urged the entire country to fast and pray for the country.
In that vein, the council is urging the various congregations, women, men, the youth and children to continue to pray and fast during this week till August 11, 2013, and even beyond, for the country.The panel of judges of the Supreme Court and the various parties in the adjudication process should also not be left out in order that they adopt postures of peace makers and peace builders in all their public and private discourse.